Meet Dr. Ugalde

Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

Dr Ugalde

Dr. Ugalde grew up in Costa Rica and earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the Latin American University of Science and Technology in 2003, graduating top of his class. He then enrolled at the Ohio State University and completed his Master of Science degree and a four-year Residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. During his residency, Dr. Ugalde had the opportunity to train at the National Maxillofacial Unit of St. James’s Hospital in Dublin, Ireland. He subsequently completed a Fellowship in Cleft and Craniofacial surgery at the University of Oklahoma.

Dr. Ugalde has been in private practice in Washington since 2009 and served as an Assistant Professor in the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Department at the University of Washington School of Dentistry from 2010-2014. Dr. Ugalde currently holds an Assistant Professor position at Oregon Health Sciences University. He has authored and co-authored multiple scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals and lectured nationally and internationally about cleft lip and palate, orthognathic surgery, head and neck infections, dental implants, dentoalveolar surgery, facial lacerations, and facial trauma. Dr. Ugalde enjoys volunteering with the Mission of Mercy here in Portland. He has also participated in surgery missions with Smile Train in Mexico and Mission of Love in Guatemala to treat underprivileged children with cleft lip and palate. 

He holds hospital and operating room credentials at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center and the Center for Surgical Specialty.

Outside of dentistry, he spends his free time with his best friend and wife, Amy. They enjoy quality family time with their three children, Makayla, Melanie and Makai. He also enjoys skiing, mountain biking, aviation, playing the piano, Formula One racing, soccer, and tennis.

Dr. Ugalde is fluent in English and Spanish.